When Iain Banks collided with Iain M. Banks, a rip in the universe opened in London and all kinds of evil, disgusting creatures flooded out. But now the rift has been quiet for several weeks, and has even become somewhat of a tourist attraction – people queue for hours to stare into the trembling, glowing darkness.
Lady Gaga is so impressed with the portal that she has used her not inconsiderable influence and finances to construct a stage around the tear, ready for her London gig. Now she is onstage, performing in front of thousands of fans as the rip glows in the background; the most ominous but beautiful light display ever used.
China Miéville is not happy that the rip is being trivialized as a special effect at a pop-concert, so he stands watch at the side of the stage, ready, in case the gig should go momentously wrong.
Lady Gaga is gyrating across the stage, wearing what can only be described as a toilet seat, when a cloaked intruder invades the platform; it’s China Miéville’s evil nemesis: The Hooded Bastard! Seemingly recovered from his recent gunshot injury, he sprints towards Gaga, and with unnatural force he pushes her into the rift before dashing away, pursued by security.
The music stops; the fans cease cheering, and silence descends on the arena. Lady Gaga is gone: swallowed up by the portal. Moments later, however, she re-emerges to great applause.
But something is not right; another Gaga exits the portal, wearing what can only be described as a book of carpet samples: and then another Gaga emanates, wearing what can only be described as a filing cabinet. Soon hundreds of Lady Gagas are flooding out of the rift, each dressed in uniquely bizarre apparel. They begin attacking the fans and a panic erupts: people flee the arena, desperate to escape the rampaging army of demented Gagas.
China Miéville runs onto the stage to drive back this hoard of clones. One Gaga (wearing what can only be described as several trout) attempts to kick China in the stomach – but a stern punch to her face soon dispatches her. Another Gaga (wearing what can only be described as a photograph of bees) leaps at China’s head – but he catches her by the ankles and swings her through the air, throwing her back inside the portal.
Lady Gagas now surround China, hundreds and hundreds of them. He fights them off – a flurry of kicks and punches as he deflects their assaults. But there are too many of them; this is hopeless! China Miéville realises what he must do – to destroy the copies, he must defeat the original Lady Gaga.
He fights his way across the stage, holding off the relentless Gaga assault, when he finally spots her: the Gaga wearing what can only be described as a toilet seat. Removing his hooked ear-rings, China throws them towards Lady Gaga. Mid-air the cybernetic worms come to life and then – they make contact! They burrow inside Lady Gaga’s eyes, into her skull and a moment later she drops limp to the floor. Instantly, the hundreds of Gaga clones evaporate, as if they never were.
China Miéville stands alone on the stage; all is quiet. The Hooded Bastard is nowhere to be seen.
WINNER: CHINA MIÉVILLE